As Americans, it is important that we take notice of the work and commitment of our military personnel and rightly honor and respect all that they do to protect and uphold our way of life.
They serve in a capacity that few are willing and able to do, and while they are enlisted they develop skills and habits that make them exceptional workers when they return to civilian life. This is particularly true in the construction industry, and we have eight reasons why you, as a construction company owner or a construction manager, should seriously consider hiring service veterans to work for your construction company.
Veterans Work Well as Part of a Team
Teamwork and carrying one’s weight are vital skills learned in the military. Soldiers learn how to look after their fellows and work together to complete difficult tasks. They are trained to look out for the other members of their team in terms of safety, and they work relentlessly toward goals in a team environment. In fact, teamwork is the foundation of all successful military strategies, so it’s no wonder that when a vet returns to civilian life, he or she almost always works better when there are other people around them working toward the same objective.
They Have a Heightened Sense of Duty
Service vets tend to have a more developed and focused work ethic than the average civilian. In the military, there is simply no time to be lazy, and doing so could get you killed. They take things like project deadlines, safety standards, and even just getting to work on time very seriously. If they mess up, they often feel as though they’re letting the team down, and they do not like feeling like they’re the weakest link. A service vet is much more likely than an average person to adhere to rules and follow schedules to the letter without cutting corners for his or her personal comfort.
Possess a High Level of Self-Confidence
Most vets love the idea of learning new things and proving to themselves and others just how capable they are. Military life is difficult, and some vets worry about losing their edge in civilian life. They are more prone to respond positively to being pushed to their limits, especially when they walk away from the experience with new skills that add to their self-value and their value to their team.
Very Organized and Self-Disciplined
Vets have a tendency to be able to retain more information on things, especially processes and procedures. From their first day of boot camp they are taught how to maintain a body, a wardrobe, and a physical space that screams organization and attention to detail. These skills stick with the average vet and they are among some of the most valuable ones displayed on a construction site.
Have a Real Follow-Through Attitude
Most vets have learned to embrace difficulty and stress as part of their job, so presenting them with challenges often leads to a heightened degree of persistence and perseverance. It all goes back to that sense of duty; they want to please the boss and the people on their team, and they get a real sense of personal accomplishment from getting over some of the common hurdles one faces in a construction-related job.
Obtain Many Specialized Skills in the Military
Some vets walk away from their military service with skills sets that are exceptionally valuable in the construction field. They often leave with advanced skills with computers, software and technology, heavy equipment, and tools that are common to many construction jobs. They also learn how to interact with different types of people, and are often much more easy-going in a culturally—and ethnically—diverse population than the average civilian.
Excellent Problem Solvers Skills
A vet’s problem-solving abilities are often learned in the field, where necessity makes it imperative that they come up with creative solutions to seemingly insoluble problems. This is the kind of worker you want on your team: one that doesn’t accept that a solution to a problem is too big or doesn’t exist, but rather works tirelessly to find it and implement it.
More Flexible and Accepting of Change
Finally, we all know how things can change in a construction project and how quickly it can happen. Vets tend to roll with the changes better than average and just shift their way of doing things to accommodate the current situation. This is another thing they learn in the field when faced with meeting a need that can’t be met by any conventional means. They simply change how it gets done and then do it.